Decision-making regarding the removal of a wisdom tooth hinges on various factors that require careful consideration. Understanding the rationale behind the potential removal is crucial, as the complexity of the procedure varies based on the individual’s circumstances. The initial step in this assessment is often an X-ray, enabling the dentist to evaluate the teeth’s position and their impact on the overall dental system.

A wisdom tooth may need removal if:

  • The teeth grow crooked or deviate from their axis.
  • Alignment of teeth is desired, such as for orthodontic treatment with braces, requiring approval from an orthodontist.
  • The wisdom tooth is causing pain and discomfort as it cuts through the gum.
  • Caries are detected in a newly erupted wisdom tooth, rendering treatment challenging due to its location.
  • Jaw injuries, like fractures, involve the wisdom tooth’s position along the fracture line.

On the other hand, a wisdom tooth may not require removal if:

  • The wisdom teeth are correctly positioned, with the chewing surface up and roots down relative to the jaw.
  • They do not cause any discomfort.
  • There is no orthodontic indication for their removal.

Statistics indicate that most wisdom teeth removal procedures are routine without complications. However, certain cases may involve more complex surgical interventions, leading to potential issues and unpleasant consequences.

It’s worth noting a rarely discussed advantage of wisdom teeth—they can serve as replacements for implants in the event of losing molars 6 or 7. Immediate transplantation of wisdom teeth after molar extraction allows them to function as support for prosthesis installation and helps maintain bone tissue. This unique benefit underscores the potential value of retaining wisdom teeth in specific situations.

Book a dentistry consultation for precise guidance tailored to your needs. Only through an appointment you can be provided exact information on your wisdom teeth, because every case can be unique.